A Guide To Keelung Night Market

A Guide To Keelung Night Market
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When visiting Taiwan, make sure you take a trip to the northeastern parts of the island and visit Keelung. It is a port city where many cruise ships dock and big shipments come in. There are quite a few popular tourist spots to see here, such as Heping Island Park, Zhongzheng Park, and Agenna Shipyard Relics. After a full day of touring around the city and the surrounding areas, you will most definitely be hungry, an excuse to go to the famous night market here. Take time to read this guide to Keelung Night Market to get an idea of what dishes to try out and what you can experience in this fabulous destination.

How to get here

Keeling Night Market
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Keelung Night Market is easy to walk to if you’re staying in the city center. If you are coming from a different city, you have the choice of arriving here by bus, train or car. Car seems to be the most inconvenient of all options, as the night market is situated on a pedestrian street and you will have to walk quite a distance.

The market is about a 10-minute walk from the train station. The train runs from west to east (Taipei to Keelung) as well as north to south (Keelung towards Kenting). Of course, you can always get an Uber or taxi and head over here.

Keelung Night Market

Address: No. 20, Aisi Road, Ren’ai District, Keelung City, Taiwan 200

Opening hours: 12pm - 12am (Mon-Sat) / Sun: 8am - 12am

Keelung Station

Address: No. 5, Gangxi Street, Ren’ai District, Keelung City, Taiwan 200

Website: Keelung Station

Opening hours: 5:50am - 12am (Sun-Sat)

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Night market food you must try

Night Market of Keelung, different kinds of meat and vegetables, view 3
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Sky_xe used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Savory food

  • Glutinous Oil Rice aka Youfan (油飯): This dish is a delicious rice dish, similar to sticky rice. Diverse ingredients are used in preparing Youfan and the flavor depends on the stall you visit.
  • Crab Thick Soup (螃蟹羹): This is a very popular dish at the night market, to the point where it gets sold out extremely fast. This soup is filled with chunks of crab and vegetables.
  • One Bite Sausages(一口香腸): This is a small version of the Taiwanese hot dog, which is pork sausage in a rice sausage, but because of people becoming more health-conscious, they've transitioned into smaller pork sausage portions.
  • Ding Bian Cuo (鼎邊趖): This is a traditional Taiwanese dish, which is originally from Fuzhou Province in Mainland China.
  • Oil Onion Cake(油蔥粿): A big rice cake that is topped with delicious sauces.
  • Pig Feet( Zhu Jiao): This dish is definitely for the open-minded. Pig Feet is just as they sound but they are marinated in spices and served with sides.
  • Octopus Balls: It is made up of a mixture of octopus and flour paste that's grilled on the barbeque.
  • Fresh Seafood: With the city being located right by the sea, it is expected that fresh seafood will be available for you to try.
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Sweet food

  • Peanut Rice Puffs (蔴粩): These yummy snacks are made from highly pressurized rice and peanuts.
  • Shaved Ice (泡冰): This is a classic Taiwan dessert. There are so many shops and stalls with shaved ice. It has simple ingredients, just shaved ice and flavoring. Flavors include mango, red bean, and more.
  • Bubble Tea: When you are in Taiwan you must get bubble tea. There are many places in the market itself and the surrounding areas where you can try out various flavors of bubble tea.
  • Delicious Sugar-coated Sticks: The dish is basically different types of fruits (usually strawberries, hawthorn, or tomatoes,) dipped in liquid sugar.
  • Wheel Cakes: These are flavorful cakes with different fillings inside, including brownies, potatoes and cheese, and red beans.
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Shopping experience

Keeling Night Market Shopping
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After being adventurous and trying out all the different dishes at the night market, it is probably time to walk it off so you can continue on your vacation. Apart from the wide selection of dishes to choose from, there are also some vibrant shops at the Keelung Night Market. You can buy clothes and accessories from various stalls around the night market. You can also buy souvenirs and Taiwanese delicacies to bring back to your friends and family, such as keychains and pineapple cakes.

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Experience the diverse culinary scene of Taiwan

If you are planning to visit Keelung, you need to make sure to visit Keelung Night Market. You must try the savory dishes available here as well as the sweet kind such as shaved ice. When you’re done eating, you should definitely conclude your day with some gifts for friends and family from one of the shops in the market.

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Kaitlin Mills is a Toronto-based freelance travel writer, luxury travel coordinator, and former ESL teacher. She enjoys traveling and immersing herself in local cultures. She loves to experience...Read more

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